A study of the relationship between subordinate job satisfaction and the physical location of supervisors

by Poladian, Ira B., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 121 pages; 3613092


There is a scarcity of research on the physical location of employees and supervisors and its relationship to employee job satisfaction. To summarize, this research study was one of the first studies to explore in quantitative terms the correlation between the locations of employees and supervisors and job satisfaction. The main proposition of this study that the physical location between an employee and his or her immediate supervisor correlates to the employee's job satisfaction score reported via the Spector Job Satisfaction Survey was proven to be significant. The fact that where an employee physically resides in the workplace, relative to their supervisor, did prove to have significance in the study is important for future research. The correlation between job satisfaction and the physical location of the employee relative to their supervisor serves as a stepping stone to understanding the use of physical space in the workplace. The understanding of the use of physical space in the workplace is paramount to the development of future physical layouts in the workplace and organizational structures that lead to increase job satisfaction and productivity. Where employees conduct their work, relative to their supervisor's physical location, research proves significance in relation to predicting employee job satisfaction, as measured through the Spector Job Satisfaction Survey. This outcome holds promise for the study of employee job satisfaction within industrial/organizational psychology. More quantitative studies need to be performed in this area, linking employee job satisfaction to the physical workplace. This study represents a beginning to exploring other potential drivers of employee job satisfaction. This study contributed to the limited literature in how the physical orientation of an organization impacts employee job satisfaction. It is anticipated that this study may drive future research on the subject.

AdviserSuzanne Richins
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Occupational psychology
Publication Number3613092

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